Fort Worth Roofing: Article About No Water Damage
Repairing or replacing a roof because it suffers from water damage can be costly. However, there are ways a homeowner can reduce the odds of water or moisture lingering in the attic. With a few simple actions, a Fort Worth roofing contractor can essentially waterproof an attic, which will reduce maintenance costs and ensure that materials will reach the end of their useful life.
One action that a roofing professional may take is to add objects such as roof louvers that will help with air circulation inside of the attic. The vents only take a few minutes to install and be placed on almost any roof, regardless of its slope or whether it has a gable or hip design.
In addition to adding extra vents in the attic, a professional should also check to ensure that air cannot get into the structure. Gaps can be sealed with caulk or with expanding foam or plastic materials. By sealing gaps and adding additional ventilation, moist air should enter the attic, circulate inside and then funnel through the vents and back outside. This should regulate the temperature and humidity level both in the attic and throughout the house.
Another step a professional will take is to look for leaks around any roof flashing that may exist around chimneys or other openings.
The roofing contractors at Total Roofing of Fort Worth can answer questions about roof maintenance or residential roofing.
In many cases, water that leaks from the roof will end up in the attic. Depending on where the leak is and how severe it is, it can go undetected for months or years. Therefore, it may be a good idea to have the roof inspected as part of a routine home maintenance plan.
If there any pipes that enter or run through the attic, it may be a good idea to wrap them in a foam pipe wrap. Such a wrap can be inserted around existing pipe with minimal work and can keep the temperature around the pipes at a consistent level. Taking an action such as this one makes it less likely that a pipe will freeze in cold weather or allow condensation to form around the pipe during warm weather.
Finally, it may be worthwhile to add roofing cement on top of roof seams as it can act as additional insulation. Any existing insulation should also be checked for signs of mold or mildew. If there is any existing mold or mildew growth on insulation, it should be replaced, as simply getting rid of the mold is generally not an option.